Body Contouring

Get the shape you’ve always wanted.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring refers to surgical procedures that remove excess skin and fat, and tighten underlying muscles, resulting in a more toned and proportionate appearance.

Who is a candidate for body contouring?

Ideal candidates for body contouring are people who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. You may be a good candidate for body contouring if you:

  • are bothered by loose or sagging skin after significant weight loss or pregnancy
  • have localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise
  • are in good physical and mental health
  • are a non-smoker
  • have a positive outlook and are realistic about the risks and benefits of body contouring

Body contouring may not be right for you if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • have a history of certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer
  • are taking certain medications that may interfere with the healing process
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher
  • have unrealistic expectations for the procedure

If you are considering body contouring, it is important to talk to your doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

What to expect

Before your body contouring treatment:

  • Get cleared for surgery by your bariatric surgeon or primary care doctor.
  • Get a lab test.
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements or other medications that may increase bleeding.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

During your body contouring treatment:

  • The procedure is generally an outpatient surgery.
  • Dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions following the procedure.
  • Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

After your body contouring treatment:

  • You may be instructed to avoid bending, straining or lifting for several days to weeks. 
  • You may also be instructed to avoid standing fully upright and stressing any internal sutures as they heal, and to sleep with pillows elevating your knees.
  • To minimize the risk of DVT (blood clots in the legs), you will need to be up and walking as soon as possible and drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Your surgeon will prescribe medications to apply or take orally to aid healing.
  • Your surgeon will let you know when to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Benefits of body contouring

If you've lost a significant amount of weight, body contouring can help remove excess skin and fat for a more toned, tightened you.

Results will vary depending on your unique situation, but some significant benefits include:

  • Renewed self-confidence. By boosting your self-image, you'll be more likely to enjoy your day-to-day life and feel more comfortable in social settings. Patients are often able to enjoy activities they would not have been confident doing before, such as going to the beach or wearing certain types of clothing.
  • Improved appearance. You’ll have a better proportioned appearance with smoother contours.
  • Quick and long-lasting results. Noticeable results are immediate and long lasting, however can take two years or more to realize the final results.
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Safety is always our priority

Our plastic surgeons have performed hundreds of successful body contouring procedures. Our goal is always a safe and exceptional experience with aesthetic results that meet or exceed expectations.

Personalized plans

Whether for body contouring or reconstructive surgery, we always start by discussing your "why.” Knowing what is driving your visit helps us craft a plan that's personalized to your needs.

Easy and convenient

We offer solutions to save you time, when possible, like virtual appointments and online scheduling, messaging your surgical team and easy access to test results.